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Paweł Gusnar


Saxophone player, chamber musician, teacher, Professor of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, prorector of this school since September 2016. Paweł Gusnar is one of the few saxophone players to be active in the fields of classical music, jazz and pop on an equally high level of artistry. Winner of three Fryderyk awards in the classical music category. He was also nominated three times to the prestigious title of Corypheus of Polish Music (2014, 2015, 2017).

Gusnar performs in many renowned concert venues – both philharmonic concert halls and smaller stages for chamber music in Poland and abroad. Paweł Gusnar has performed as soloist with, among others, the following orchestras: Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Avenna, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music, Orchestre Valentiana, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Lviv Chamber Orchestra Academia, and with practically all philharmonic orchestras in Poland. He also works together with many symphony orchestras, as well as with jazz and pop ensembles, including those headed by Adam Sztaba, Krzysztof Herdzin, Tomasz Szymuś and Zygmunt Kukla’s Kukla Band. He also performs and records as a session musician (numerous television productions).

Gusnar is an ardent promoter of contemporary music and tireless promoter of Polish music around the world. He has played many first performances of works written especially for him – these include concertos for saxophone (by K. Penderecki, B.K. Przybylski, K. Knittel, K. Herdzin and S. Kaczorowski, among others) and works of chamber music, written by, among others, M. Bembinow, C. Duchnowski, A. Gronau-Osińska, K. Herdzin, A.M. Huszcza, A. Kościów, M.T. Łukaszewski, P. Łukaszewski, M. Małecki, W. Pawlik, D. Przybylski, E. Sikora and W. Ratusińska. Ars musica publishers produces the Paweł Gusnar Collection, containing works written for the artist. The series started appearing in 2015.

Paweł Gusnar’s recorded output amounts to nearly 60 CDs, including seven solo albums: New Polish Music for Saxophone and OrganJazz SonatasKomeda InspirationsSaxophone Impressions, Saxophone Varie (Fryderyk award in 2014), Saxophone Varie vol. 2 and Saxophone Varie vol.3. Gusnar was nominated for the Fryderyk award many times , including the Artist of the Year. In 2015 the Fryderyk was awarded to the album Paweł Łukaszewski. Musica Sacra 5. The record contains the work Lenten Music – written for Gusnar and performed by him together with the Morpheus Saxophone Ensemble. In 2016 he received the Fryderyk award in the Early Music category for the album Verbum Incarnatum, recorded together with Mulierum Schola Gregoriana Clamaverunt Iusti.

Being a recognised authority, Paweł Gusnar is a juror in competitions and runs master classes in some of the best music centres around the world, from South Korea and China to the Ukraine, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. He teaches the saxophone class in the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and in the Kiejstut & Grażyna Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

Paweł Gusnar is a Yamaha, BG Franck Bichon and D’Addario artist.